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Two visitors admire Barosaurus lentus, James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, December 2007
Creator: Brian Boyle
Date of Image: December 2007
Other Media: News Release: Massive Barosaurus skeleton
ROM Links: Dinos Are Back
Museum ID Number: ROM2007_9672_1
Image Number: ROM2007_9672_1

Two visitors admire the massive Barosaurus skeleton, the centrepiece of the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs. Nicknamed "Gordo", it is the largest dinosaur skeleton on display in Canada, and one of the only two Barosaurus skeletons in the world.

Recently found in the ROM’s own collections, the Barosaurus lentus is part of a group called sauropods, which includes the largest animals ever to walk on land. This group includes the well-known dinosaurs Apatosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus. The largest sauropods reached 30-metres (98-feet) in length and weighed over 50,000 kilograms (50-tonnes). Barosaurus lived in North America and is distinguished from other sauropods by its very long neck. In life, it stretched to 90-feet, and may have weighed up to 15,000 kilograms (15-tonnes).

The Temerty Galleries feature over 350 specimens, including about 50 dinosaur specimens, of which over 20 represent complete or nearly complete skeletons. Also on display are fossils representing other life forms, including other terrestrial reptiles, marine reptiles, fish, plants, and insects, all from the age of dinosaurs.

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